John Isner tips J.J. Wolf to have bright future

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John Isner tips J.J. Wolf to have bright future

Sixth-seeded John Isner insisted it wasn't easy to play against world No. 151 J.J. Wolf in his opener at the Atlanta Open. Isner, a five-time Atlanta champion, was made to work in his Atlanta opener but he managed to escape with a 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-4.

Wolf, a former world No. 120, was playing only his second ATP event of the season. Wolf kicked off his 2021 season last week in Los Cabos, where he lost to Brandon Nakashima in the first round. Isner believes Wolf has a bright future ahead of him.

"I was very happy with how I played today. J.J. is an incredibly tough player. He's actually had a lot of bad luck with injuries recently," Isner said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. "He was on his way up, got derailed a little bit.

But it's only a matter of time until he gets back to where he belongs, and that's a very high ranking in my opinion."

Isner survived a tricky opener

Wolf had a chance to start the match with a break but Isner saved a break point in the opening game of the match.

In the 10th game of the first set, Isner claimed the first break of the match to win the opener. As not a single break point was seen in the second set, the set had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Isner won the opening point but Wolf won the following three points to take a 3-1 lead.

A few points later, Wolf realized his first set point to force a decider. Isner had the first break points of the third set in the fifth game and he realized them to take a 3-2 lead. Isner then routinely served out for the match in the 10th game. Isner served 36 aces en route to claiming a three-set win over Wolf. Isner plays next against Jack Sock.